Nightingale TV

Have you seen bats on Woolwich Common?

Do you want to share a story of your gardening successes?

This summer the residents of Woolwich's Nightingale Estate will become news reporters and journalists as they investigate the urban nature in their area. From bird-spotting to urban growing the intrepid reporters will be reporting on the latest trends in urban gardening. The project will be launched at Welcare, Nightingale Vale, SE18 on Wednesday 10 Aug at 1pm and is open to all children and young people that live on the estate.  Come along and sign-up to be part of the news team.

We are also looking for people of any age who have a story to tell! You could make Nature News headlines and be visited by our Mobile News Desk who will interview you about your gardening tips or nature news. If you have a story to tell contact and we will arrange a time for you to be interviewed.


Topics: [film and video] [Nightingale Estate] [urban gardening] [Woolwich]

Avant Gardening the Mayor's Newham Show

Avant Gardening the Mayor's Newham Show

The Avant-Gardeners will be at the Mayor's Newham Show on the weekend of 16 and 17 July 12 - 6pm. As well as distributing free salad leaf seed packs we will be creating a fanzine where participants can share their gardening and cookery tips.  Help us to capture your gardening knowledge in this unique fanzine which will be available to download from the following week

Topics: [mobile allotment] [Newham]

Flowers in the Wood summer arts

Friday 8 July from 1pm on the Flowers Estate in Abbey Wood.          Join in with the summer- woodland themed afternoon.

Avant-Gardening nature walk Join Polly for an exploration of Lesnes Abbey. Meet at the Pavilion in Bostall Gardens at 12.30pm for a 1pm start. 

Salad leaf seed packs Collect your free seeds from Crafty Cafe, 106 McLeod Road (while stocks last)

Mobile Allotment Has been planted by pupils at Alexander McLeod School and can be viewed at the school from 3.30 to 4.30 in the school playground where you can join the Avant-Gardeners planting seeds or get your face painted 

Explore Bostall Woods  A poster campaign to promote the use of Bostall Woods. Created by children following their visits to the woodlandd. View the posters on the school fences, 3pm to 5pm

Mobile Allotment Postcards A limited number of postcards depicting children's views of the Mobile Allotment are available from Roy's Stores, 1 - 3 Basildon Road and Crafty Cafe

Guides to the Woods Local children have produced their own unique guides to the woods. Download your copy and re-explore the woods through the eyes of a child.


Nightingale Spring Party

Once again Avant-Gardening will be joining our friends on the Nightingale estate in Woolwich for the Nightingale Spring Party. Come along and enjoy the free family workshops and have a look at how the community garden is growing. We will also be unveiling the new banner created through workshops with the local children.  Wednesday 1 June, 1pm - 4pm at Welcare in Greenwich, Nightingale Vale, SE18

Topics: [art workshops] [community garden] [Nightingale Estate]

Nightingale Orchard Banner

Nightingale banner - Banner created by Avant-Gardening through workshops with children on the Nightingale Estate.
Nightingale banner - Banner created by Avant-Gardening through workshops with children on the Nightingale Estate.

To accompany our plans for a Woolwich Common mini-orchard Avant-Gardening have started a programme of participatory arts based on the Nightingale Estate. Our first project was working with children resident on the estate to create a new banner to promote the community garden and mini-orchard.  Our lead artist Polly worked with the children to create some fantastical and magical trees which have been integrated into the banner design.  The banner will be on display outside the Welcare offices from Wednesday 2 June as part of the Nightingale Spring Party 12pm - 4pm

If you want to get involved with the Nightingale community garden and mini-orchard come along to the spring party or call Welcare 020 8854 3865


Easter Activities in Woolwich Common

Come along and join the Avant-Gardeners as they plan the new mini-orchard project. Fun workshops for all the family. on Tuesday 19 March at Welcare, Nightingale Vale, SE18

Edible Estates Get Together

Avant Gardening will be part of the Edible Estates' Get Together on Monday 28 March. Join us for lunch, presentations and networking

Easter Activities in Abbey Wood

Join us Wednesday 20 March in the Pavilion, Bostall Gardens for our Easter workshops. Polly is currently working with residents on the estate to programme and plan the activities. If you want to get involved with planning workshops e-mail

Avant Gardening Shi Semania

Polly has recently returned from her International Fellowship residency in Ethiopia, which was organised and commissioned by Traingle Arts and Gasworks. There will be more updates and images on the Projects page soon but in the meantime why not check out the fanzine she created with residents of the condominum where she was living and working. Avant Gardening Shi Semania fanzine

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation